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INTR12-216: The Americas


This subject covers the politics, regional organisations and international role of the Americas, including North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. It includes case studies of the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil. Related themes include the rise of the United States to become a hemispheric and global power, the foreign policy of Canada, political and economic reform across Latin America, as well as diverse democratic, socialist and indigenous movements. The new inter-regionalism, driven by organisations such as Mercosur, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Caribbean Community (Caricom), are explored. Emerging interactions with the Asia-Pacific, China and Europe are outlined. Current foreign and security policies are assessed, looking forward to the hemisphere’s prospects and global influence in the 21st century. Students may choose seminar topics of professional interest or vocational relevance. No pre-requisites are needed.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

Learning outcomes

1. Display an intermediate knowledge of international relations of the Americas and its impact on global trends via class exercises, a seminar presentation and a research paper.
2. Engage in constructive class dialogue and lead seminars to update class knowledge on the Americas.
3. Demonstrate intermediate level research and academic writing skills by production of a research paper.
4. Synthesize the related knowledge, theory, and values that underpin the International Relations discipline, operating at an undergraduate level.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ?

Anti-requisites: ?

  • INTR12-221 Latin America in the International System

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021